Monday, January 22, 2007

What a Bright Idea!



Shortly after we moved into this house, almost a year and a half ago now (my, how time flies!), we bought a package of CFC lightbulbs and installed them here and there. Unfortunately, one package doesn't go very far, but it was a start. In the way of things, more than a year passed before we got around to buying more and finishing the job. This time we bought three different sizes and four containers, and we have now installed CFCs wherever we can, keeping in mind than some sockets don't lend themselves to CFCs. The overhead light in my den is an example; it's got a remote control, and we have discovered that these lightbulbs don't interact at all well with these devices. I try to remember to turn that light off often, but I don't always manage. But I feel good about installing these energy efficient bulbs in most light sources. It's not much; you do what you can.

That includes the packaging. Note that both of the above packages are reusable. Once emptied they can serve as containers for papers or baubles. I think the one behind is particularly useful for storing documents. I call that a bright idea: two bright ideas, in fact.


In a totally unrelated observation, I have just noticed the Quote of the Day in my own blog sidebar: Happiness depends upon ourselves(Aristotle). I think there's an awful lot of truth there.

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

we did this about two months ago - in all but about six sockets which I can't find the new bulbs for - I like your carrier idea, though - gonna have to borrow that one!

Anonymous said...

Bulbs and containers both great. Every little bit helps, wish everyone was on the same page.

Good quote...very true.

Gina said...

They say that if each family just changes the three most-used lightbulbs to CFC ones, we could save a lot of carbon emissions!

I used to not like the light they gave off, but I'm used to it now.

oshee said...

My husband is good about such things. He bought the same bulbs for most of our sockets too. It takes some getting used to (the light difference) and there is a pause before the light comes on. But both were easy to get used to.

Ginnie said...

Good for you...and I heartily agree with the thought for the day!

Anonymous said...

My brother and dad use them wherever possible and I am slowly switching over here as well. As you say, every little bit helps.

mreddie said...

Those are great replacements but the main usage lights in our house are the fixtures that use the 4 foot fluorescent tubes - awesome lighting and save electricity as well. Our bedroom and bath are the circular tubes, excellent also. We have a lamp in the bedroom for those times when we don't need the super light. :) ec

Coll said...

We too are slowly converting to the CFC lightbulbs. I must say though.. I have never seen this packaging.. but I do like it.

Anonymous said...

Way to go!! I also have these bulbs installed now! Makes sense to me!!

sare said...

I couldn't agree more with the quote of the day... I do think happiness is (in most cases) a choice. What a concept!

Much love from across the seas,

Sneice,
S.

PBS said...

The carrier is a great idea, and I need to go buy a lot of new lightbulbs! I try to live as "green" as possible, yet I really hate those type of lightbulbs-so ugly (I do have them though, in the vaulted ceiling).

Anonymous said...

Jeepers, I keep meaning to do this....

Thanks for the reminder.